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Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Baptist Health Lexington was the first hospital in Central Kentucky to offer stereotactic breast biopsy, a procedure performed by the breast radiologist that uses a precisely-placed needle, under mammography guidance, to remove a tissue sample for diagnosis.

Stereotactic breast biopsy uses computer-directed X-rays to precisely identify the location of suspicious breast tissue and help the physician see the area of concern throughout the entire procedure.  During the procedure, you will lie face down on a special table and your breast will be compressed. From below, a digital imaging system takes stereoscopic (three-dimensional) views of the lesion and instantly displays them on a monitor for the radiologist to view. Your breast will be anesthetized, and the computer will aim a biopsy needle directly into the suspicious area. The physician can accurately remove tissue for pathology with minimal scarring or pain.